Amir among wickets on comeback

The 22-year-old left-arm seamer is unable to play for Pakistan until September but he is now allowed to play domestic cricket and lined up for Omar Associates in a grade two match in Rawalpindi.

Prior to his ban, Amir had taken 51 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 29.09 and appeared poised to become Pakistan???s next great bowler.

However, having become the youngest player ever to take 50 wickets in Tests he was banned, along with team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif, for spot-fixing against England in 2010.

Amir pleaded guilty to charges of bowling deliberate no balls at pre-arranged times in a Test at Lord???s and then had his five-year ban shortened by the International Cricket Council in January, due to his co-operation with their anti-corruption and security unit.

He returned for Omar Associates in a three-day match against the Capital Development Authority in the Patron???s Trophy, which is a level below first-class.

And Amir almost returned with a hat-trick, removing openers Naved Malik and Ali Sarfraz off consecutive balls in his fourth over, on his way to taking 3-23 in his first six-over spell.

However, he was not as effective in his second spell, when he went for 31 in three overs without taking any further wickets.

“I always try to make batsmen play as much as possible,” he said. “I am trying to give 100 percent but, to be honest with you, it’s not easy after all these years. It’s like starting from zero.

“Four and a half years ago I was at my peak and I can’t get back those years. But, as a Muslim, I believe there’s always a lesson in life. I can’t rewind those years but I should avail what time I have ahead of me.

“I delivered 90 percent of my deliveries where I wanted to. The inswingers which were there in 2009 are still coming up nicely.???

Amir is hoping to return to the Pakistan fold for the series against India in December and he plans to play in at least two more three-day games in this tournament, before taking part in a domestic T20 event.

“Who doesn’t want to play against India?” he said.

“It’s a dream of every Pakistani cricketer to play against India, and my aim is to give performances, stay fit, and get selected.”

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